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Beautiful ride

This is worth the drive out to see. If you drive past the house there is a lovely high overlook to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Goffstown, New Hampshire
Nice photo opportunities - entrance under repair

Combine it with a trail at the Fort Hill park as a visit to the iconic house only might take 20 min... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2018
Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands
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Fort Hill Road, Eastham, MA 02642
+1 508-349-3785
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is worth the drive out to see. If you drive past the house there is a lovely high overlook to the water. When we went it was not open but we walked around the outside of the house. It's a hilly area with plenty...More

Thank Renlaw
Reviewed 13 October 2018

The Captain Penniman House was built in the 1868 by one of the major whaling Captains from Eastham. It is a beautiful and unique home, it is called Second Empire style. The entrance to the home used to be whale jawbones. It cannot be toured...More

Thank jayharper2016
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Combine it with a trail at the Fort Hill park as a visit to the iconic house only might take 20 min of your time. Please note that the famous whale bones entrance has been removed due to renovation.

Thank retpanda
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful, colorful building. No wonder the National Park Service is working to preserve the house and provide it’s interpretive expertise to the public. It is more impressive than portrayed by most photographs.

Thank Drbrooks4337
Reviewed 6 July 2018

Our family toured the Captain Penniman House in Eastham, MA on the 4th of July, as a beach day alternative, with our mother and two teenage children. We coupled our visit with a drive out to the water and marsh for some photo opportunities and...More

3  Thank NewEnglandGoodLife
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Could only see the outside and looks like it is being renovated. But some good walks nearby which give good views of the marsh

Thank David282xyz
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Wonderful old whaling captains house with many original features. Soapstone sink and original piping system. Very cool photos of the captain and his daring wife. Apparently she was very handy and built her own boat! It's hit or miss with the guided tour. View from...More

Thank Tom K
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

This is a cute and unusual looking house, set off the main road but still easy to get to, and there's a parking lot just up the street. The house was closed while we were there, so we only got to see the outside. The...More

1  Thank Gwen B
Reviewed 16 September 2017

We took the guided tour of this house. The architecture is very interesting. This may have been the first house on Cape Cod to feature hot and cold running water and inside toilets. There is a nice knoll nearby with great views of the ocean....More

1  Thank aablodgett
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This was a nice morning adventure for our family. We enjoyed the walk and the views. The sharpening stone used by native Indians was interesting.

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Response from aablodgett | Reviewed this property |
It is open to the public on a seasonal basis. Contact the park at 508-255-3421 for further information.